Big Splash WA – We Are All Made of Stardust, Baby
The Big Splash WA 2018
A few months ago I was selected to paint a giant dolphin for The Big Splash after submitting my design online. You can read more about it here.
Here’s a little something I wrote for the Big Splash WA:
“Go beyond the mind and let the heart take over, be courageous and let your true voice speak.
Observe how your Outer Galaxy shifts when you decide to change your Inner Starscape.
Know deeply that there is more out there and that there is strength in you, for you are here, for a reason.
Your heart always knows the truth. You are loved. We are all made of stardust, Baby.”
35 Life Size Vibrant Dolphins
35 colourful ‘Big Splash’ dolphins are currently scattered across Perth city from the 20th of January until 4th of March, 2018.
These wonderful fiberglass dolphins have been richly decorated with mosaic, paint or delicious textures by some of Perth’s most creative minds.
When you stroll around beautiful Perth this summer, you will find all these wonderful creations, vibrantly flourishing in the eyes of young and old.
(First stages.. the most random thing I have ever had in my backyard.)
The Big Splash Guide – How it Works
With your phone, you can scan each individual dolphin for a bit of insight into the mind of the creator. It’s really juicy, heartwarming stuff, especially when you consider the message and common thread of raising awareness of mental health challenges in youth and children.
Each dolphin is 2 meters long and 1.3 meters tall. Spray paints were the answer for me, it just made sense.
All the spray paints were purchased from Cloud9 and I couldn’t have asked for better service. I went in as a bit of a newbie when it comes to the spray can, so colour matching was my biggest fear.
(Thanks to Yoda, he was offering me a hand in surveying the project. Who knows what would have happened without him! Phew!)
When I went to Cloud9 in Armadale, I showed the manager some sample pictures of what I was trying to achieve. Within seconds after a quick glance, she pulled out several cans from the back shelf without hesitation. She was even able to point out other colours within the reference image that I didn’t initially see. It was those unique colours that made me able to pull it off!
Finally, here it is, the final masterpiece! This shot was taken before I lugged this huge beast onto the trailer, completely swallowed in bubble wrap, with the help of my brother Martin, my young 6 yr old nephew KJ and my awesome dad.
Title: We Are All Made of Stardust, Baby (By Black Betty)
You can find my dolphin at 125 Sct Georges Terrace (Dolphin no 13). (Right behind the old church)
I dedicate this piece to my beautiful brother, Martin, who helped me transport the giant thing after completion. My brother was always incredibly supportive and encouraging of my art.
Follow Your Heart
To you reading this, follow your bliss, shine brightly and don’t let anything hold you back from living out your dreams!
I am deeply grateful for this amazing opportunity to be a part of The Big Splash.
All comments and questions about the production of the piece is welcome 🙂